- In Britain and Ireland, there are a number of superstitions regarding magpies:
- A single magpie is associated with bad luck (see rhymes below).
- One should make sure to greet magpies when they are encountered in order to either allay bad luck or encourage good luck, as related to the number of birds and therefore their place in the Magpie poem. Common greetings include "Hello Mr Magpie", "How is your wife/where is your wife?", "Good Morning/Evening Sir" and other marks of respect.
- Upon seeing a lone magpie one should repeat the words "I defy thee" seven times.
- On seeing a lone magpie one should pinch the person they are walking with, if they are alone they are to pinch themselves. The custom in Devon is to spit three times to avert ill luck.
- If a lone Magpie is seen, one should salute it as a form of respect. This formality can be forgone if the Magpie looks directly in your eyes, which would indicate respect on its own accord.
- An old English folk tale states that when Jesus was crucified on the cross, all of the world's birds wept and sang to comfort him in his agony. The only exception was the magpie, and for this, it is forever cursed.
- In Scotland, a Magpie near the window of the house foretells death.
- In Scottish folklore, in a story possibly related to the above, magpies were long reviled for allegedly carrying a drop of Satan's blood under their tongues.
one for sorrow, two for joy
three for a girl, four for a boy
five for silver, six for gold
seven for a secret
never to be told
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The term pica originates from the Latin word for magpie, a bird that is reputed because of their unusual eating behaviors where they are known to eat almost anything. In 13th century Latin work, pica was referenced by the Greeks and Romans, however it was not addressed in a medical book until 1563. In the southern United States in the 1800s, geophagia was a common practice among the slave population. Geophagia is a form of pica in which the person consumes earthly substances such as clay, and is particularly prevalent to augment a mineral-deficient diet. Research on eating disorders in the 16th to 20th centuries, suggest that during that time in history, pica was regarded more as a symptom of other disorders rather than its own specific disorder. Even today, what can be classified as pica behavior is a normative practice in some cultures as part of magical beliefs, healing methods, or religious ceremonies.
"arrangement of 1,446 items swallowed by a patient and removed from her intestines and stomach. she died during surgery from bleeding caused by 453 nails, 42 screws, safety pins, spoon tops, and salt and pepper shaker tops."
we associate ourself v heavily with the dead, the act of passing-on. maybe that's wrong? but we're fascinated with the concept of psychopomps and death deities and the like. as such we have an odd affectionate camaraderie i guess with animals seen past or present as being harbingers of death. magpies especially. what lovely birds! (◡‿◡✿) their collecting of shiny things is something we also find quite sweet for whatever reason. im a magpie!!! im gonna steal all your jewelry, bastards!!!!! caw caw